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New Students

International Student Orientation Program (ISOP)

The International Student Orientation Program (ISOP) is mandatory for all new international students. ISOP allows international students to become better acquainted with the University of Minnesota, the office of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS), as well as other international students. During ISOP, students will receive information about living and studying here, as well as valuable information about maintaining their non-immigrant legal status.

As an admitted student to the University of Minnesota (e.g. Graduate School, Undergraduate degree, Law School, or a Non-degree seeking program), there may be other orientations that you are required to attend. Contact your college and/or department to find out about orientation, sign up for its orientation program and confirm the date. Be sure the orientations that you will be required to attend do not conflict with the date of the International Student Orientation Program.

After you check in to your housing, visit ISSS in 190 Humphrey School for a brief document check, after which you can sign up for ISOP and register for classes.

You must go through Document Check before attending ISOP. At Document Check you will sign up for ISOP. You CANNOT sign up for ISOP online.

Students will be required to choose one day to attend.




Thursday, 1/15/2015

8:00 am – 3:30 pm

  175 Willey Hall


Transfer Students
New transfer students are required to attend two programs: Transfer Orientation and ISOP. Attendance at both programs is mandatory.  During Transfer Orientation, you will meet with your college and register for classes. You can prepare for Orientation by completing your New Student Checklist which can be found by logging into and selecting the My College tab.  You will schedule your date for ISOP during Document Check.  For additional details, please visit the Orientation and First-year Program website

Graduate Students

Contact your department to sign up for an appointment with your academic adviser. Also ask your department if it has an orientation program for new students. If so, make sure the date does not conflict with the date of ISOP that you have scheduled at Document Check.